Doing what I can with zero resources

If I haven’t responded to anybody lately, I truly am sorry.

As you have seen by the last few articles, I’ve been trying to run KAAW using a generator, and basically no facilities, and doing what I can to get by.

Yesterday I had a bad day because a small check which I desperately needed for gasoline didn’t come in.

So I put my last few cents together and bought 3/4 of a gallon of gas and fired up the generator and it went into high speed for some reason.

Come to find out I forgot to unplug the refrigerator first, and to make a long story short, it fried the power supply in my computer so I am currently dead in the water.

I am borrowing a computer right now to put out today’s articles, and if the check comes in, hopefully my computer will be able to be fixed with a new power supply.

For those IT workers like myself, you really need to study the numbers in the previous articles where I show that Americans only got 2% of all computer and mathematical jobs created over the last ten years, and contact your representatives at the state and federal level.

The number will change a little when I add the engineering category to the computer and mathematical categories, but not much.

For those that want to do the numbers yourself, go to this site and look at the May data for each year.

You are looking for:

  • 15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
  • 17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations

The numbers that I have compiled up until now ONLY use the 15-0000 category.

In 2013 the 17-0000 category only had 2,380,840 jobs.

In 2003 the 17-0000 category only had 2,376,650 jobs.

So, as you can see, I do not expect this to change the 2% statement I have made any, if at all.

Keep your head up, and keep doing what you can to Keep America At Work

Because any America, realizing that Americans are only getting 2% of all STEM jobs is going to be ticked off when they realize that they are sending their children to college to get a STEM job and the odds are only 2% that they will receive a STEM job.

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Sorry for all the bull-it points from the balonious Pritzker, but I wanted you to see what your Commerce Department was up to before Penny hit “Delete.”

We help other people to harm us and then we don’t like it.

“What’s Japan’s Guiltiest Secret?: (Hint) It’s Not The Comfort Women”  

www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/04/20/whats-japans-guiltiest-secret-hint-its-not-the-comfort-women

  • While the foreign press busies itself with the often completely contrived issues of the war-time past, it has less time and energy to delve into issues on which the Tokyo authorities really want to maintain radio silence.
  • Of course, umpteen times over the years the problem of Japan’s closed market has been declared solved.
  • For decades the share of all foreign brands combined has been kept to just 4 percent.   When did you last read that in The New York Times?
  • It is hard to exaggerate the consequences for the global economy.
  • Autos and auto parts are by far the largest single manufacturing category in world trade.

“Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Administration’s Commitment to Asia-Pacific Region”

www.commerce.gov/news/secretary-speeches/2014/04/17/secretary-commerce-penny-pritzker-highlights-administration%E2%80%99s-com

  • Eager for American products and services, the Asia-Pacific is a region of tremendous opportunity for United States businesses and workers.
  • The United States is — and will always be — a Pacific nation.  But in the first decade of this century — as we fought two costly wars — our diplomatic, economic, and strategic resources were over-invested in certain regions of the world and under-invested in others.
  • The Administration’s rebalance is focused in four areas: enhancing security, expanding prosperity, fostering democratic values, and advancing human dignity.
  • It entails building new mechanisms — like the Trans-Pacific Partnership — to establish a level playing field for commerce across the entire Asia-Pacific region.
  • As Secretary of Commerce, I lead the department responsible for making these opportunities more accessible to our business community, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • TPP will establish rules that . . . give companies more incentives to keep production in the United States.
  • Integrating China into the rules-based global economy will be one of the most significant economic developments of our lifetime.
  • As approximately 200 million Chinese migrate from rural to urban settings over the next decade, the importance of the Chinese market to U.S. businesses will only grow.
  • More than ever before, governments, companies, and people throughout the region want to do business with American firms, which offer: the world’s best technology and innovation, a powerful ability to mobilize capital, a commitment to good working conditions and training, a business culture that values transparency and ethics, and, of course, a spirit of entrepreneurship that remains the envy of the world.

Sorry for all the bull-it points from the balonious Pritzker, but I wanted you to see what your Commerce Department was up to before Penny hit “Delete.”

Fool me once, shame on you.  

Fool me twice, shame on me.



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American’s only get two percent of all computer and mathematical jobs?

After learning that we give out 85,000 H-1B visas each year, not 65,000 as I had thought.

Well, let’s just say I couldn’t stand it and I had to revisit those numbers.

Which gives us this chart.

85000_h1b_redrawn

Yep, it looks like Americans are getting the short end of the stick, without Vaseline, but how bad is it?

If you will recall from my first article on this, in 2003 we had 2,827,010 Computer and Mathematical jobs according to the BLS OES National Tables.
And in 2013 we had 3,696,180 jobs in the same category.

This is an increase of 869,170 jobs over this ten year period.

Which means if we gave out 850,000 visas during this same ten year period, Americans only received 19,170 jobs.

Does anybody want to tell me why we are encouraging our parents and students to pursue a STEM degree when this is the future we are going to offer them?

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Peter Cottontail invited children to give serious attention to the damage that can be caused to one’s home by the transfer abroad of capital and the consumption of foreign products.

Peter Cottontail invited children to give serious attention to the damage that can be caused to one’s home by the transfer abroad of capital and the consumption of foreign products.

“Rumormonger blogger jailed for three years”

[Global Times link -- April 18, 2014]
  • [Qin] also accused Lei Feng, the country’s most famous Good Samaritan, of leading a luxurious life.

“Qin Huohuo Trial”

[China Digital Times link -- April 11, 2014]

  • Censorship instructions from the State Council Information Office: “All websites please increase control and clean up discussion of the ‘Qin Houhou’ case.”

“What was Rumi talking about?”

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/04/what-was-rumi-talking-about-201441816134209701.html

  • It is not uncommon to find within the Sufi tradition phrases like: “We are a people of metaphors, not of literalism,” and “Metaphors for us are what literalism is for others.”  For this reason Al-Ghazali (c. 1056-1111 AD) said that no one has attempted to explain the essence of what Sufis talk about except that they fall into explicit error.

“Telling the Truth about Easter”

www.frontiersman.com/faith/telling-the-truth-about-easter/article_91cdc71c-c6d9-11e3-9493-0019bb2963f4.html

  • Our respect for mythology as a carrier of truth needs a rebirth.  I contend that mythology is a time tested and honored literary tool to do truth telling.

“Saudi Arabia: Free Prominent Rights Activist”

www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/17/saudi-arabia-free-prominent-rights-activist

  • Abu al-Khair faces charges based solely on his peaceful human rights work, including “breaking allegiance with the ruler” and “making international organizations hostile to the kingdom.”

“Congress to Give Private Debt Collection Another Try”

www.pogo.org/blog/2014/04/congress-to-give-private-debt-collection-another-try.html

  • The delinquent tax total is growing and so is pressure on the IRS to turn to the private sector for help.  But we’ve been down this road before, and the results were less than encouraging.

“Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dies at 76″

www.bigstory.ap.org/article/boxer-rubin-hurricane-carter-dies-76

  • He was convicted alongside [John] Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.  Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy.

Caritas in Veritate:

“Paul VI invited people to give serious attention to the damage that can be caused to one’s home country by the transfer abroad of capital purely for personal advantage.”

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Quick – Somebody Get The Americans Employed In Computer And Mathematical Positions Some Vaseline

It just came to my attention that the H-1B Visa quantity issued each year is 85,000.

Not the 65,000 that I read somewhere else.

So I dug deep, and I found this PDF from the government organization that administers them and sure enough, 65,000 is way too low.

So I have updated the chart.

updated_jobs_created

Now they didn’t show data for years other than 2009 – 2012, but you can bet there were even less jobs created for Americans in those years as well.

So tell me, when you spend your hard earned dollars to send your little princess to grad school and she (or he) gets a degree in the STEM occupations that your government and media are telling you they can’t find enough of, what are you going to say when she finds herself living like I am living thanks to our jobs going to visa holders, or being sent offshore?

Here is a picture of my kitchen.

20140419_092144

Just think.

If you spend 30 years acquiring all kinds of technology skills, and you are an American citizen, you too can have a kitchen like this.

All you have to do try to stay employed in the same industry you spent your life working in.

Sure the government and the media will tell you that software is a high demand occupation.

Hell, they will even pay for you to go to school and retrain you.

vjb_vrap_diploma

And they will promise you employment assistance.

vrap_program

And they even have 513 jobs available according to usajobs.gov

usajobs_computer

But, when you realize that they are importing 85,000 scabs each year, and sending no telling how many millions of software jobs offshore, 513 jobs isn’t even worth mentioning, is it?

Now if we go to indeed.com and enter “software”, we find the following numbers:

indeed_softwareWhich works out to 952,227 available jobs.

Presumably in America.

Yet we have millions of Americans that can’t buy a damn interview.

Could it be because of this?

This camp has convinced the business owner that he can make more money

The U.S.-based CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds told me that his firm’s investment committee often discusses the question of who wins and who loses in today’s economy. In a recent internal debate, he said, one of his senior colleagues had argued that the hollowing-out of the American middle class didn’t really matter. “His point was that if the transformation of the world economy lifts four people in China and India out of poverty and into the middle class, and meanwhile means one American drops out of the middle class, that’s not such a bad trade,” the CEO recalled.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2011/01/the-rise-of-the-new-global-elite/8343/

And this?

This camp used to use the kids in the neighborhood for odd jobs

I’m not surprised.  When small technology companies like mine need help we turn to outsourcing.  I have ten people in my company and outsource to dozens of others.  And I don’t care what country they’re from.  I’m looking for good, skilled workers who are reliable and can accomplish tasks.  Lately, many of my IT contractors have come from Ukraine, which has established itself as the world’s 26th most attractive outsourcing location.  This is not an accident.

This is why so many Ukrainians find themselves amongst the population of Microsoft developers.  And why my experience with them has been so positive.  I find, for the most part, that the technologists I deal with from Ukraine have a long history of doing work in the technology field.  This is due to the country’s commitment to the IT industry, which draws more of its talent.  Science and math are taught from an early age.  The industry receives unprecedented support from its government.  Smart people are drawn there because of the chance to earn more.  And for a small business like mine, the cost is incredibly low!

Un-American?  Anti-labor?  I don’t have time to consider that.  I need work done by skilled people and I need to keep my costs as low as possible.  I’m fortunate enough to be in the technology industry which means I don’t need someone to be onsite to do this work.  It seems that other jobs, particularly creative jobs, are catching on to this trend too.  And the tools I’ve mentioned above enable me much flexibility.  So I’ll go where I can find the best people.  And recently those people have been in Ukraine.

Click here to read the article.

And this?



And just think.

All of this is happening in the land of opportunity?

And the sad thing is, it is happening in Spain.

In Jordan

And many, many other countries.

Which is making it where people like myself that used to make six figures can’t even afford gas.

Oops, just realized.

I put the last gallon of gas in my generator this morning about 10 am.

And that usually gives me electricity for about 8 hours.

I better sign off before I run out of gas and lose all the stuff I’m working on.

Until we find gas again.

Yours truly from the global headquarters of Keep America At Work

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Keep your head up and your chin out.

And watch your back.

Because your government and your media and your corporations are in bed together in pursuit of fool’s gold.

And even though you are an American in America, that doesn’t mean a damned thing when China is willing to buy America to turn it into ChinAmerica, does it?

china_daily

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The Internet is America’s neural system — as well as its eyes and ears. Yet it is monopolised by an ever-shrinking handful of private interests.

Interactive Fun:

“Your Federal Income Tax Receipt”

www.nationalpriorities.org/interactive-data/taxday

Could Be — And A Must-Read:

“The power of the US cable barons must be challenged”

www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3052b4a6-c0d6-11e3-bd6b-00144feabdc0.html

  • Imagine if one company controlled 40 per cent of America’s roads and raised tolls far in excess of inflation.  Suppose the roads were potholed.  Imagine too that its former chief lobbyist headed the highway sector’s federal regulator.  American drivers would not be happy.  US internet users ought to be feeling equally worried.
  • Comcast is aided by the complexity of the US cable industry.  Confusion is its ally. 
  • The real game is to control the internet.
  • Comcast has won plaudits for saying it would divest 3m television subscribers to head off antitrust concerns.  Whether that will be enough to stop it from charging monopoly prices for its TV programmes is of secondary importance. 
  • The internet is the prize.
  • The public’s indifference to the rise of the internet barons is also assisted by lack of knowledge.  Americans are rightly proud of the fact that the US invented the internet. 
  • Few know that it was developed largely with public money by the Pentagon — or that Google’s algorithmic search engine began with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • It is a classic case of the public sector taking the risk while private operators reap the gains.
  • There is no one in Washington with the will to stop it.
  • The FCC is dominated by former cable industry officials.  And there is barely a US elected official — from President Barack Obama down — who has not benefited from Comcast’s extensive campaign financing. 
  • When the national highway system was built in the 1950s, it provided the arteries of the US economy. 
  • The Internet is America’s neural system — as well as its eyes and ears.  Yet it is monopolised by an ever-shrinking handful of private interests.
  • The real game is to control the internet.  The internet is the prize.

This I Was Almost Ambivalent About:

“Are Black ‘Success Stories’ Really Holding Us Back?”

www.blackagendareport.com/content/are-black-success-stories-really-holding-us-back

  • Given all this, it should be clear to anybody without ideological blinders that lifting up black millionaires, black politicians, black entertainers and celebrating black celebrities does absolutely nothing to improve the lives of ordinary African Americans.

Author Dixon makes some very good points, but turning a human story into a “black” story is counterproductive.  What’s really holding us back is disunity.  Victims tend to be victims in their own special ways.

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Is the Veterans Administration reneging on its VRAP promise?

Not going to lie to you folks.

I probably would have gave up if it hadn’t been for the VRAP program as its that bad out here when nobody will interview you anymore in the software business.

So when they offered it, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in it.

vrap_program

Pretty straight forward, isn’t it?

Pay attention to the part titled “Participants Limits and Payments”

Especially the part about employment assistance.

Even though I’ve worn all hats in the software industry, I can’t buy an interview like a lot of others.

But software is considered a high demand occupation, so I enrolled with American College of Technology in a diploma course titled “Business Administration and Information Technology” and I graduated not too long ago.

I had enrolled in their associates degree plan but when my GI BILL expired on 8 March, I had to drop out as I have no more income and it is hard to focus on something like this when the alligators are circling your head.

remaining_benefits

If you add 13 days to 25 February, you come up with March 7th, so on March 8th, I withdrew from the course after carefully verifying that I had met the requirements that I had agreed too.

Here is a copy of my transcripts.

vjb_vrap_diploma

And here is a copy of my diploma.

vjb_vrap_diploma

And now the accusations start.

vjb_vrap_i_owe

Yep, it is simply a misunderstanding on their part as they don’t appear to understand that I withdrew from the associates program, after completing the requirements of the VRAP program.

And today I got a second nasty letter even though I haven’t had the money to respond to the letter above.

And I still am unemployed as I have not received their employment assistance, and trust me, I apply to civil service jobs all the time as I realize that probably because of my age, I will no longer receive a call from private industry.

And because of this, as well.

jobs_createdYou see, this is the amount of visas our government gives to our corporations every year.

Even though, as you can see, Americans appear to be getting the short end of the stick.

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Today, you hold practically all the cards — including IOUs from some trading partners who will never be able to repay — and you are Chinese.

What would you do?  Try to imagine you’re The:

  • People’s Republic of China
  • Chinese Communist Party
  • People’s Liberation Army

You can be just one or all three — they’re the same thing.  You’re responsible for 1.36 billion citizens — for starters and to say the least.  You know that to stay in power, you’ll have to rebalance your population (age and gender) and let your people reproduce more freely than you’ve allowed in the past.  Currently you’re trying to manage more than 4x the U.S. population on far less useful geography.  For most of your 3,000-year history, your country has been the richest, most powerful and sophisticated on Earth.  Today, you hold practically all the cards — including IOUs from some trading partners who will never be able to repay — and you are Chinese.

You get the bureaucrats’ report.  What would you do? 

“16.1 percent of Chinese soil is polluted”

[Xinhua link -- April 17, 2014]

  • About 19.4 percent of farming land is polluted, said the report issued jointly by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources.
  • The general condition of the land is “not optimistic” as the quality of farming land is worrying and deserted industrial and mining land suffers serious pollution, according to the report.
  • Some 10 percent of woodland and 10.4 percent of grassland is polluted, the report added.
  • About 82.8 percent of the polluted land is contaminated by inorganic materials and the top three pollutants are cadmium, nickel and arsenic. 

“‘Toxic soil pollution report sparks new fears over safety of mainland’s home-grown food”

[SCMP link -- April 18, 2014]

  • Worst-hit areas are those where there have been years of unrestricted industrialisation . . . the government admitted on Thursday as it revealed the findings of a survey previously kept secret.
  • The area of the mainland’s polluted soil is enough to cover an area twice the size of Spain if joined together in a single land mass.
  • Of key concern among scientists is cadmium, a carcinogenic metal that can cause kidney damage and other health problems, and is absorbed by rice — the nation’s staple grain.
  • Early last year, the newspaper Nanfang Daily reported that tens of thousands of tons of cadmium-tainted rice had been sold to noodle makers in southern China since 2009.  It said government inspectors declared it fit only for production of non-food goods, such as industrial alcohol.  But a trader sold most of the rice to food processors anyway.
  • Last May, authorities launched an investigation into rice mills in southern China after tests found almost half of the supplies sold in the city of Guangzhou were contaminated with cadmium.

“China admits widespread soil pollution in ‘state secret’ report”

www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c250bd4c-c6b4-11e3-9839-00144feabdc0.html

  • China remains sensitive about publicising information that could show local governments or favoured corporations at fault.
  • While concern over environmental damage is growing among wealthier city residents, activism by the rural population is much more likely to be punished.  Villagers’ health, crops and animals are more severely affected by polluted water or soil but local governments are more directly economically dependent on polluting factories or mines.

For upwards of ten trillion more reasons we should reclaim our industry from the People’s Republic, e-mail me for a PDF of my compendium Fear-Fallen Children.

No charge.  Just tell me a good story about globalization and those low-low prices.

 

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China Daily newspaper racks.

Last week, I wrote to you from a town in Wisconsin with lots of memories and vacant buildings.  More than once, I got stuck at the downtown railroad crossing — probably one of Warren Buffett’s — and had to sit and watch the Chinese shipping containers roll by and give me the finger trap, so I’ll have some memories of my own.

Somehow I can’t imagine Warren Buffett being unhappy about China’s currency manipulation.  A currency with “reserve” status like ours is an easy target.   Foreign manipulators (competitors, adversaries) hand us an artificially high dollar, which has a lot of American fans here in the U.S.  Our policy makers call it a naturally strong dollar, so we all use it to buy foreign goods and services, including foreign money, for cheaper than we should — that is, cheaper than we should for our own good.  Needless to say, this can’t go on forever, but it doesn’t have to — just long enough for the outside world to out-weasel Wall Street and Washington.

The best way to deal with currency manipulators is to stop buying what they’re selling.

This week, I’m writing to you from a town in Illinois with lots of sophisticated people and vacant buildings.  In just the five months since I last visited, there’ve been some remarkable changes here.  Fewer people can afford internet service, so the wi-fi cafés are sometimes jam-packed — standing room only.

And these things are everywhere:

china_daily

China Daily newspaper racks.  Fifty cents.  Painted blue.  Maybe they’re supposed make the other propaganda sheets seem harmless.

Otherwise, today, things seem pretty much the same.  The Wall Street Journal and the Federal Reserve are still advertising their financialized, multinational, wealth-transferring, free-trade agenda and calling it nutritious information –

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/28/americans-must-adjust-to-a-world-dominated-by-china-feds-bullard-says

– while old Bloomberg himself, now 72, says –

www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/us/bloomberg-plans-a-50-million-challenge-to-the-nra.html

– he might be nearing the end, but:

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in.  I have earned my place in heaven.  It’s not even close.”

It’s important to know that — at least regarding the utility of fire insurance — God and Michael Bloomberg are on the same page.

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We cannot create opportunity for the World by destroying opportunity where it exists…

I want you to think about that for a moment.

Why did your ancestors move to America?

Was it because opportunity existed here that did not exist in their homeland?

Even today people from all areas want to move here because opportunity exists here.

And they do their part by becoming an American citizen and doing their part to Keep America At Work which keeps opportunity alive, and available for all that wish to strive for it.

You will hear a lot about STEM workers and the need for more of them, and I’m glad to see that happening (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) simply because our world is relying more and more on technology of all types.

The department of labor maintains a national record showing the number of jobs for each year from 1997 till now, and I have compiled the data from 2003 to 2013 because I wanted to see how many of these jobs we are creating.

I found the following, and created this simple spreadsheet from it:

Year Job Quantity Increase from last year Visa Applications Left for Americans
2003 2827010 65000
2004 2915300 88290 65000 23290
2005 2952740 37440 65000 -27560
2006 3076200 123460 65000 58460
2007 3191360 115160 65000 50160
2008 3308260 116900 65000 51900
2009 3303690 -4570 65000 -69570
2010 3283950 -19740 65000 -84740
2011 3406720 122770 65000 57770
2012 3578220 171500 65000 106500
2013 3696180 117960 65000 52960

And from that, I was able to create this chart:

jobs_created

We as a society are telling our school administrators that we need more STEM people.

And our government, our schools, and others are advising our parents to enroll their children in the STEM fields which I believe they need to be doing as well.

But, where I draw the line in the sand at is when I analyze the numbers as you are doing now, and I find that for every Computer and Mathematical job being created, three out of four are going to visa holders which is destroying opportunity not only for the American citizen but eventually for the World when people realize that there is no more opportunity in America.

Is this really the land of opportunity that we want to create?

For those wondering how I came up with the 3 out of every 4 statement, please click here to read my previous article.

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Will the colonization of space be far behind?

Today I read an interesting article that made me realize that our very ancestors colonized America because of similar problems, or should I say, lack of opportunity.

I believe you can learn a lot from this article, so please click here if you would like to read it.

The only way I can see to solve the problem is a national media made up of the people, for the people, but sadly, you apparently do not yet see the need for it.

And the really sad thing is it would not take but one hundred dollars donated by tens of millions of concerned individuals to make it a reality.

And if push comes to shove between communist russia and china, and the extremists of sharia law, and America, where exactly do you think you will find freedom and opportunity under those circumstances?

So we could choose to shine enough sunlight on things like this to break the matrix wide open via a media made up of the people, for the people.

Any hope that President Obama would demonstrate a breath of fresh air by making independent appointments to the SEC and in cleaning up Wall Street were dashed to shreds with the appointment of Mary Jo White as SEC Chair early last year. White has now spun through the revolving door four times in 36 years, always returning to her corporate law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton. Between herself and her husband, John W. White, of corporate law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, they or their law firms have represented every major Wall Street mega bank. Under Federal law, the conflicts of the SEC Chair’s spouse become her own conflicts.

Adding further outrage to the situation, Mary Jo White quickly named her close associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, Andrew Ceresney, to be the Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement – the unit that decides who gets prosecuted and who gets an unfettered license to steal.

Ceresney is now the sole Director of Enforcement as his co-director, George Canellos, has left to rejoin the (wait for it) big Wall Street law firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, as a partner and head of litigation.

Just one year prior to moving into the top cop slot at the SEC, Ceresney had pulled off a major coup for Wall Street firms JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Ally. Ceresney was directly employed as counsel to JPMorgan Chase, but he also played a key role in the negotiations between the U.S. Justice Department, 49 state attorneys general and an army of Federal regulators to settle charges of mortgage, foreclosure and servicing fraud – all melded into the National Mortgage Settlement – a deeply flawed deal for defrauded homeowners.

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/04/insiders-tell-all-both-the-stock-market-and-the-sec-are-rigged/

Or we can do as our ancestors did when faced with overwhelming odds, and we could colonize space.

Myself, I would prefer to see both happen as I think the freedom and opportunity that used to exist in America are worth saving.

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And this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.

There must be a word for insight we used to have but we don’t have anymore.

Oh well, it’ll come to me after I get settled.  In the meantime, feeling a little tired and stupid hasn’t been the worst thing for me today.  I’ve been wondering about those New Caledonian crows –

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~kgroup/tools/introduction.shtml

– and the future of offshore outsourcing.  Scientists say these tool-manufacturing crows are already smarter than six-year-olds, so maybe their evolutionary fate is not the service economy.  I’m assuming the scientists were talking about six-year-olds today — not six-year-olds in the year 2525, or in 1400 and 92, or when Shakespeare’s target audience was the common cabbage thrower — but I think today I’ll leave the speculation to professionals.

Bear with me and I’ll make this worth your while by recommending a film that should be in every American’s repertoire.  In fact, on December 30, 2008 it was honored by the Library of Congress for its enduring (beginning in 1957) significance to American culture: Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd:

www.rottentomatoes.com/m/face_in_the_crowd

The LOC calls it a “dark look at the way sudden fame and power can corrupt” and this is true.  It’s also — I can cringe when the word “dark” is used to describe art that brings light — it’s also a look at our citizens, and there’s a point in the film where you just have to wonder how many of us would rather be stupid than feel stupid — and maybe the reason we do so many stupid things is that we’ll do anything to avoid feeling stupid — and this makes us sitting ducks — sitting stupid ducks.

I’m not going to say this is one of those insights we used to have but we don’t have anymore, but I will quote Thomas Paine –

“And this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.”

– because he always helps me feel a little less tired and stupid, which is a good way to close this essay.  I’d planned to include something about the closing of Rizzoli on 57th Street, but they are a foreign concern, after all, and we still have a trade deficit with Italy.  More troubling, to me, are Rizzoli’s American landlord and another $600 million from the People’s Republic of China — and any bookstore going out of business for any reason.

But I’ll miss Rizzoli.  I would buy a book from Rizzoli if there was no American alternative.  Chairman Mao’s Books & More?  I’d rather feel stupid.

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Jesus was a severe critic of those who controlled the temple, those who controlled the empire, and those who controlled the economic systems.

“The ‘mango people’ of India”

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/mango-people-india

  • Robert Vadra . . . once scoffed at anti-corruption activists.
  • “Mango people,” translated into Hindi, means Aam Aadmi (alternatively translated as common man).
  • For a political party which is barely two years old, it is phenomenal that they stand among the counted in India’s mammoth electoral exercise — the world’s largest.
  • There are messianic expectations placed on Kejriwal and his team.  In a way Kejriwal’s call to action mirrors that of Obama’s clarion call to Black America in 2011 to struggle alongside him while campaigning for a second term in office.
  • “I expect all of you to march with me and press on,” Obama said.  “Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes.  Shake it off.  Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”
  • AAP has also made constant references to the common man to “seize control.”  “Niklo baahar makaanon se, jung lado beimaanon se (Come out on the streets and fight the corrupt),” is a frequently used slogan.

“Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution”

www.consortiumnews.com/2014/04/13/misunderstanding-jesuss-execution-2

  • The incident that gives sense to the week’s climactic events is Jesus’s overturning of the money tables at the temple.
  • Modern scholarship is putting an emphasis on understanding this historical incident in context.
  • Jesus was a severe critic of those who controlled the temple, those who controlled the empire, and those who controlled the economic systems.
  • Jesus was a largely unknown and harmless critic as long as he remained in his northern rural setting.
  • Jesus took his apocalyptic message to Jerusalem.  However, to call his arrival a triumphal entry is to miss the point completely.
  • But the critical point of Jesus’s visit to Jerusalem came when he visited the temple.  In no sense had he come to worship and make sacrifice.  He came to disrupt and to make pronouncements about the judgment of God on the whole operation.
  • The charges that were leveled against him can be summed up as insurrection: encouraging non-payment of taxes, threatening to destroy property (the temple), and claiming to be a king.
  • The theological meaning of the series of events remains in our own hands.

“U.S. Tops Other Global Leaders in Approval”

www.gallup.com/poll/168467/tops-global-leaders-approval.aspx

  • For the seventh straight year, Russia had the lowest median approval ratings in the world.
  • Nearly all global powers evaluated receive their highest approval ratings from residents of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  The exception is Russia, which gets its highest marks from its neighbors (formerly Soviet Union countries).
  • The U.S. and Germany receive their highest approval ratings in the world from the same country — Guinea.
  • The country that expresses the highest disapproval for nearly all global powers measured is the Palestinian Territories.
  • Although the five global powers measured are major players on the world stage, many worldwide don’t offer opinions about the leadership of these countries — either because they don’t know or aren’t comfortable giving an opinion.  In some countries, such as India, two-thirds or more do not give an opinion about the leadership of any of these countries.

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Nobody knows how much worse things would be without our efforts.

I need more readers –

– and they need more reasons, so tomorrow — Tuesday, April 15 — I’ll send you a message I hope you’ll share:

“High Praise From Good Men.  Good Men.  Uh-Oh!”

Until then, please remember:

History doesn’t record what doesn’t happen.

Nobody knows how much damage we’ve been able to prevent.  Nobody knows how much worse things would be without our efforts.

Just imagine what we could accomplish with more readers.

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FWD.us is celebrating its first birthday today made possible by enormous sums of technology founder cash while American Programmers go hungry

Amazing what money can buy isn’t it?

You can buy the government.

You can buy the silence of the media.

You can buy anything you want whether you are telling the truth or not.

Me, I can’t buy anything right now, but I still have a quarter gallon of gas in the generator and knowledge that money can’t buy regarding what is true, and what isn’t.

So bear with me while I tell you a little story.

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

That is the headlines at a government agency that should have American’s best interests at heart.

Sadly they don’t, but you can read more by clicking here.

And today we receive this little email from a organization that should have American’s best interests at heart.

Sadly they don’t, but you can read their email here:

Hey Virgil,

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the founding of FWD.us. With this special occasion just hours away, I wanted to share a few thoughts.

In the past year we’ve accomplished a lot thanks to amazing contributions from supporters and volunteers. On April 11, 2013 we launched FWD.us from a living room in San Francisco with a vision to pass immigration reform and empower the tech community. Today, we have offices around the country and the support of hundreds of thousands of people like you and are working effectively with both parties.

Our nation’s greatest competitive advantage has always been our ability to attract the best and the brightest from around the world, including the many immigrants who have started businesses here, growing our economy and creating jobs. America has been built by immigrants, and the tech industry is no exception.

There were many powerful events and achievements in our first year. To review the highlights, we built a microsite featuring some of the most memorable moments. We’ll post it publicly tomorrow, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview.

Explore the one-year anniversary microsite before it goes live.

Last year, FWD.us co-founder Mark Zuckerberg helped publicly launch our organization with an op-ed in The Washington Post in support of immigration reform.

The op-ed initiated a two month sprint where we launched TV ads, built online tools and organized the community to encourage the Senate to act on reform. On June 27, the Senate passed comprehensive, bipartisan immigration legislation.

As we moved on to the House, FWD.us helped build a broad coalition of support for reform, including leaders from the business, faith and law enforcement communities. We experimented with new events like a screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ film Documented and elevated inspirational DREAMers like the participants in our DREAMer Hackathon.

With the help of activists and volunteers, we expanded our efforts across the country and have been organizing the tech community around immigration reform in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Miami and many other tech hubs.

Relive the first year of FWD.us on our microsite and share your favorite moments online.

It’s been a spectacular year, but we have more work left to do. The House has yet to act on immigration reform, and we must keep up the pressure now more than ever before.

Stay tuned, there’s much more to come from FWD.us.

Thanks,
Joe Green
Founder and President, FWD.us

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This email was sent to vbiersch@gmail.com. To stop receiving emails from FWD.us, click here.

Amazing what enormous sums of money can buy, isn’t it?

Yet you do not see these same technology firms using their enormous sums of money to research these items and stop this nonsense, do you:

  • Musical Countries
  • Fool’s Gold

Do your homework if you want to so that you will see what I see.

Click on those items on the menu bar, and do your own comparisons.

While you are at it, let’s take a look at the computer jobs in America.

After all, if we’re bringing in 65,000 Scab’s per year, we must employ millions of computer programmers for the technology firms to need that amount of people, right?

computerjobs

 

That’s something, isn’t it?

In 2003 we had less than 3 million computer and math jobs.

In 2013 we have a little bit more than 3 1/2 million computer and math jobs.

Yet we have hundreds of thousands of good, hardworking American software types out of work, and if their experience is similar to mine, they can’t buy a interview, let alone the support of an organization like FWD.us

But…

What would 65,000 SCAB’s brought in by the technology industry do to those numbers?

Let’s see now.

65,000 times ten years would equal 650,000 jobs, wouldn’t it?

And if we dig deep into the BLS OES numbers (Google it), we find the following:

  • 3,696,180 computer and math jobs for 2013
  • 2,827,010 computer and math jobs for 2003

Which leaves a grand total of 869,170 jobs created in the computer and math occupations over the last ten years.

And if we subtract 650,000 from 869,170, we end up with 219,170 American jobs that theoretically have been created in the last ten years.

scabs_vs_americans

 

Which basically means that we are bringing in 3 SCAB’s for every American that we employ?

A friend of mine once told me that the American Government is the only Government in the World that will hold us down while everybody takes a turn sticking it to us.

Sadly, Apparently the backers of FWD.us are just as guilty.

Now I want to finish this story with an example of what this is doing to Americans in America.

Today, my dogs and I went without.

No beer

No food.

Nothing.

Luckily somebody helped me out with a few dollars around 8pm today, so I immediately bought ten bucks worth of food for me and the dogs, and ten bucks worth of gas for the empty tank in the pickup.

I’m not whining, mind you.

Just letting you know what really is happening in America and wishing some of these American? Technology Corporations would help me do what I can to Keep America At Work.

But I might as well be peeing in the wind on the front of their yachts….

That’s ok.

David took out Goliath with similar odds.

For the visa holders.

I hated using the term scab as I’ve worked with some damned fine visa holders in my career.

It simply is the only way I can portray the image showing how similar companies brought in scabs to break the picket lines of the unions similar to what is being done now, and I realize ya’ll are but pawns in this game as are we Americans.

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“. . . through protectionism — economic patriotism — we built the strongest economy, with the most opportunity, for the greatest number of people, in all of human history. Now it’s being lost, as if our goal is to become, once again, the colony of a foreign industrial giant — this time, a clever, cruel, unscrupulous giant that does not share our language, history, or values.”

Reconsidering our definitions of “protectionism” and “conservatism”:

“US Asian carp find plates in China”

[China Daily link -- April 10, 2014]
  • When it comes to fish, not many Americans have much insight or appetite for Asian carp, the invasive species that is wreaking havoc in the US heartland’s waterways.
  • The growing carp population poses a threat to aquatic ecosystem throughout the country because of the species’ rate of reproduction and the resulting stress it puts on the food chain.
  • Angie Yu had a bright idea: Why not send the oily freshwater fish back to Asia?  “The Chinese market needs wild fish from cleaner water badly now. . . .”
  • Her company, Two Rivers, is the only Asian carp processing plant in Kentucky.
  • The common carp has origins that date back as far as 3,500 BC.  However, carp farming took off in the 1960s when scientists discovered the key to supporting the spawning of Asian carp.  Several species of the fish were shipped to the US in the 1960s and 1970s to help control aquaculture operations, but the fish migrated to other areas.

“How Increased Meat Consumption in China Changes Landscapes Across the Globe”

www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2014/03/26/how-increased-meat-consumption-in-china-changes-landscapes-across-the-globe

  • With 1.35 billion people in the country, China now consumes double the amount of meat we do in the U.S.
  • Soybean yields are difficult to increase, which means that. . . .
  • It is also affecting the health and well being of communities across the globe in ways we have not thought of before.

“Are We Becoming China’s Factory Farm?”

www.motherjones.com/media/2014/03/china-factory-farm-america-pork

  • US pig producers spend about 25 percent less on feed than their Chinese counterparts, the USDA found, because the “United States has more abundant land, water, and grain resources.”
  • The Chinese and their hogs, chickens and cows gobble up a jaw-dropping 60 percent of the global trade in soybeans, and the government may soon also ramp up corn imports — because while Beijing currently limits foreign corn purchases, meat producers are clamoring for more.
  • Chinese rivers have been vanishing since the 1990s as demand from farms and factories has helped suck them dry.  Of the ones that remain, 75 percent are severely polluted, and more than a third of those are so toxic they can’t be used to irrigate farms, according to a 2008 report by the Chinese government.

“. . . through protectionism — economic patriotism — we built the strongest economy, with the most opportunity, for the greatest number of people, in all of human history.  Now it’s being lost, as if our goal is to become, once again, the colony of a foreign industrial giant — this time, a clever, cruel, unscrupulous giant that does not share our language, history, or values.” — from my 2012 candidacy speech

 

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Who do I contact at the VA, and the OPM at the top level to dispute this?

Yet another rejection from an organization that says they hire veterans.

My linkedin profile can be found by clicking here.

As you can see, I have a little experience using technology, both hardware and software.

And I don’t want to hear from one more person in the chain of command that I’m not holding my mouth right, or filling out your application right simply because when you force all people to take the keywords out of the job requirements and tailor their resume to match, all candidates will appear to have the same qualifications which makes me wonder how you can pick out the better candidates when all appear the same on paper?

Perhaps actually putting somebody in charge of reviewing the applications who has experience in that particular area would help?

Who do I contact at the VA, and the OPM at the top level to dispute this?

 

After all, how can I be rejected for not meeting TIG when I’m not an employee?

And how could I possibly not have enough experience when I’ve been developing software since 1984?

 

Folks, You have a selection problem with the software you are using, and I’m going to keep chiseling away at the cracks in it until you fix the problem simply because unemployed veterans like myself need a damn job, not more lip service from the veterans administration saying we hire veterans when it is becoming more and more apparent to me that you do not hire unemployed veterans.

 

Thank You,

 

Virgil Bierschwale

Keep America At Work

www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com

 

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Vacancy ID: 1030667 [mailto:usastaffingoffice@opm.gov] Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:18 AM
To: vbiersch@gmail.com
Subject: Notification Letter Vacancy ID: 1030667

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

 

VHA SOUTH TEXAS HCS SAN ANTONI

 

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL

 

APPLICATIONS

 

APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY

 

SAN ANTONIO TX  78229

 

Dear      VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

 

This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:

 

Position Title:       Computer Assistant, GS-0335-07

 

Series/Grade:

 

0335/07

 

Promotion Potential:        07

 

Vacancy ID:           1030667

 

Agency:                  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

 

Considered For:                  GEC

 

Duty Location:

 

San Antonio, TX

 

We have completed the review of your application for this position.  Your application will receive no further consideration, for the

 

following reason:

 

Spec Code:           001

 

Spec Title:             Computer Assistant

 

Grade:    07

 

Rating:    ITIG

 

Vet Pref:                TP

 

Rating Code:      Rating Message:

 

ITIG        You do not meet the time-in-grade restriction for this position.

 

 

Thank you for looking to the Federal government for employment opportunities.

 

 

This is your final notice regarding this vacancy announcement.

 

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

 

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.

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All evidence points to US economic failure in 2014, and that is the conclusion of John Williams’ April 9 report.

As John Williams (shadowstats.com) has made clear, the US economy has not recovered from the downturn in 2008 and has weakened further. The vast majority of the US population is hard pressed from the lack of income growth for years. As the US is now an import-dependent economy, a drop in the dollar’s value will raise US prices and push living standards lower.

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